Dallas Stars Daily Links: Time to Refocus

Not much you can do about that Game 3 loss except put it behind you. Plus, Blake Coleman faces off against his childhood team, Stanley Cup Final ratings struggle, and more.

There’s no sugar coating it — the Dallas Stars deserved to lose last night:

“We lost our team play,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. “We lost our intensity and we lost our focus. When you do that, a team like that is going to make you look real bad, which they did.”

As would be expected, the Stars are frustrated after such an embarrassing loss that put them down 2-1 in the series. But there’s also a strange calmness in the air, as if they’re not worried heading into Game 4:

“We’ve got a lot of veteran guys that have been through a lot,” Jason Dickinson said. “If we can draw from those experiences and those situations and reflect on it and say ‘Hey, we can respond. We’ve got the guys in here that can do it,’ we’ll be fine.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

Again, the Stars are calm. Calm and confident:

Sean Shapiro offers his 20 cents from last night’s game:

For those of you who are ready to move on from Game 3, here’s an insightful piece by on how COVID-19 has impacted the normal financial windfall associated with deep Stanley Cup runs:

And here’s a story on Blake Coleman, who is now competing for a Stanley Cup against his childhood team:

Around the League

Alex Pietrangelo is one of the top (if not the top) free agents this year. So where might he end up?

Who are some of the more polarizing 2020 NHL Draft prospects? Corey Pronman offers up some names:

This trade between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers hasn’t happened yet, but keep your eye out:

Breaking news: fans who constantly complain about the NHL not promoting it’s non-traditional markets stop watching hockey games when they’re between non-traditional markets: